Happy memories of the gasometer
WITH reference to your article about the Etruria gasometer (Sentinel, May 11).
I remember my childhood in Etruria very well.
As children we used to go to the gasometer to collect bags of coke. There were about 12 of us during the winter time.
We walked from Etruria Vale Road and surrounding streets with a variety of old prams, home-made trolleys (sometimes with only three wheels on them) and made sledges on the way home.
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We walked towards the bridge, where we dragged our transport down the numerous steps which were there at that time, with younger brothers and sisters hitching a ride.
On the way back we had to negotiate the road with full loads because we couldn't drag our cargo up the steps.
There was obviously not much traffic and our band of pilgrims dragged our full loads up the main roads.
They were good days and we had plenty of laughs, both on the way there and on the way back. The coke helped our supply of coal and kept fires going overnight.
However, for the local people now it must be an eyesore, and I suppose they will glad to see the back of it.
JILL DAVENPORT Longton